Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Mayor of the London Borough of Bromley
Cllr Kathy Bance MBE has lived in Penge for 46 years. She has been married to Trevor for 36 years and they have 6 children and 12 grandchildren.
Raising a large family meant working full-time until she retired at the end of last year. For the past 20 years, she worked as a Senior Administrator for Bechtel Limited working on major projects as part of the delivery team for High Speed 1 and the Crossrail Project.
Kathy has a deep Christian faith which drives her real passion of supporting vulnerable people.
28 years ago, she and Trevor set up a charity, Outreach to the Homeless, to distribute food, clothing and toiletries to rough sleepers locally and in London - Trevor being the regular driver. 4 years ago, the group realised the growing local need and changed their focus to running a clothes bank at Living Well, Beckenham. For over 30 years they also helped organise the Penge Festival. In 2006 Kathy received the Mayor of Bromley’s Award for outstanding voluntary services.
Whilst continuing her work with the homeless Kathy also helped to set up two new charitable organisations; Penge Partners which identifies and supports local projects such as the installation of WW11 plaques bearing the names of those who died in Penge so long ago but until then, not duly recognised. Also, Penge Over 60’s Network which replaced a similar charity which closed its doors. They provide social events to combat isolation and offer healthy living advice for the elderly in Penge. Trevor is the Treasurer of these charities. Kathy attends many local meetings e.g. SNP, Penge Traders, Penge Town Centre Team, Residents’ Associations, and Penge Forum so keeps ahead of local issues.
In 2011 Kathy received an MBE for her many years of voluntary work in Penge.
Elected in 2010, representing Penge and Cator Ward, Kathy has served on the following committees:
- Public Protection & Safety
- Recreation and Renewal
- Environment, Education
- General Purposes and Licensing
Kathy and Trevor have recently taken on roles as Trustees at Melvin Hall Community Group. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, musicals and swimming.